Dear Bibi Netanyahu Bibi, Here’s what you said, according to the Times of Israel: During an address Tuesday to delegates at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu posited that the Nazi fuehrer did not initially intend to annihilate the Jews, but rather sought to expel them from Europe. According to the prime minister’s version of the events,… Continue reading Dear Bibi Netanyahu

No. Hitler Was Not A Genius

Over last weekend, I became embroiled in a conversation about Adolf Hitler–an occupational hazard–that included this question, directed at me, “Do you think Hitler was a genius?” No. To revise and extend my answer, I’ll concede that Adolf Hitler was a man with some superlative features. His capacity for hatred knew no bounds. He was… Continue reading No. Hitler Was Not A Genius

Nazism and Conspiracy Theory

Our lords and masters became our lords and masters through conspiracy…and the odd murder. The only way they can justify that to themselves, since they don’t want to think of themselves as greedy, power hungry bastards, is to imagine that they have to conspire because there’s a much larger conspiracy trying to destroy them. The… Continue reading Nazism and Conspiracy Theory

Was There A Nazi Personality?

One of my Facebook friends posted about a book that led to my thinking about this issue. Here’s the exchange:   Now I’d like to revise and extend my remarks on the subject, just a bit. If there’d been such a thing as a Nazi personality, my job as a novelist writing about the Nazi… Continue reading Was There A Nazi Personality?

Louis vs. Schmeling I: June 19th, 1936

Louis vs. Schmeling was hardly the first time race and racism mattered in boxing (see Jack Johnson, among others), and it wouldn’t be the last. But the stakes both in this fight and in their rematch two years later, were unique in boxing history. These two athletes became avatars for not only black vs. white,… Continue reading Louis vs. Schmeling I: June 19th, 1936

The Summer of Long Knives Playlist

I write to music. I’ve never conducted any sort of survey to see how common that is among fiction writers, but I do it. The rhythm keeps me moving when I’m looking for excuses to pack it in, and the proper playlist keeps me in the right mood. With Summer of Long Knives (of which a great… Continue reading The Summer of Long Knives Playlist